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Can a person be terminated while out on workers compensation, my employer is running FMLA concurrent with WC.

Rochester, NY |

They are stating because FMLA is running concurrent with WC, they only have to hold the position for 12 weeks. After that they do not need to hold my job. I'm a long time employee with a good tract record, my sick bank is maxed out 165 days I can not accure any more I actually give days back.I have 20 days vacation on the books, no past written disapline.
This is something new they recently started running FMLA parralle to WC. My fear is I work construction and if I got hurt twice in a year they would release me. I have discussed this with them and they are very shy to comment.

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Return to work programs and compliance with FMLA, WC and the ADA are very, very complicated issues. that cannot be adequately answered in this type of forum. Each statute is independent of each other and must be complied with, yet they are seemingly co-dependent. I highly suggest that you read a recent press release posted by the EEOC ( and summarized in the Workers Compensation Gazette posted 10/05/2009 ( In that case, the maintained an inflexible workers' compensation leave exhaustion policy and terminated employees instead of providing them with reasonable accommodations for their disabilities, in violation of the ADA. You suggest that you contact the EEOC.

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